I think John Sheridan of The National Archives is organizing the event.
The event appears to be associated with the UK Government’s Good Law Initiative.
The first prize winner of the event was Jordan Hatch for: How much power does Parliament give and take from government?
The data sets worked on at the event are available at: http://leggovuk.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/
One Twitter hashtag for the event is #goodlaw
Here is a description of the event, from the event’s eventbrite page:
Your chance to the hack the entire statute book
If you’ve ever wanted to hack the whole statute book, not just individual pieces of legislation, come along to the Good Law Hackathon. Our goal is to develop various hacks that measure the statute book in some way. Imagine creating a ‘census’ of the statute book!
When most people think of legislation they think of words not numbers, yet the simple act of counting can reveal a great deal about how we are governed. Imagine counting how many times a legally significant word or phrase occurs, or the use of powers, or the number of internal or external references in legislation. Imagine what it tells us – for example, when does legislation start to ‘wear out’?
We’d like you to hack ‘indices’ for some aspect of statute book – the things you’d like to have a go at counting. It’s just not been possible before – but we’ll provide all the data you’ll need.
Here are some of the datasets and tools you’ll be able to download and use:
- As enacted legislative texts by type and year in HTML, XML and Akoma Ntosa XML
- Revised current legislative texts by type and year in HTML, XML and Akoma Ntosa XML
- Effects by legislation type and year in RDF/XML
- The CLML Schema
- XSLT for legislation.gov.uk XHTML
For more resources related to this event, please see the comments to this post.